The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has sponsored eight sanitation facilities in Ohadiwa ya Kapombo village in the Ohangwena Region.
The facilities are expected to materially improve community health and safety in the village. DBN sets aside a portion of its profits for corporate social investment. The Bank is actively involved in initiatives that foster enterprise development, skills development, environmental and biodiversity management, community safety and health management, education, and poverty alleviation.
Speaking at the official handover of the facilities, DBN CEO Martin Inkumbi said that a lack of sanitation facilities can lead to the spread of diseases and contamination of water sources. The need to leave households to use the bush also has safety implications, particularly for women and children.
These factors, Inkumbi said, lead to human tragedy, and to economic costs. Economic costs include loss of productivity, loss of productive members of the community, and the cost of medical services to restore health.
The intervention of constructing sanitation facilities is not just a means to improve social development, but also an investment in the future. Inkumbi also sketched out the economic benefits of grassroots development activities such as the Ohadiwa ya Kapombo